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[RC] aluminum/steel shoes - mrsd

Have been using alumunum Natural Balance shoes on my trusty 22 Y.O. 3000 mile
horse J.S. Bach since 1997 or 98.  11  100's . I do use steel shoes behind and
square off and rock the toes with clips.  His stride was much better with the
Shoes.  I do pad him with silicone injected and have no problems with thrush. 
It is very dry where we live and when I pull them I will give the  soles & frog
a little shot of 7% Iodine and dry  before shoeing.   Bill Thornburg would
always pad his horses for the first ride of the season and would continue to
pad for the whole season.  He would pull the shoes and leave the horse in a
sandy pen for a day to dry them out.

My horse's 100's included 4 Tevis in a row and 2  National  Championships.  He
was tied for MW National  Championship in 99   100 miles. Also did Virginia
City and 4 Washoe 100's.
and finished with plenty of shoes left.  I think that the combination of
with pads have helped keep him sound.  


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